Results were lifted by another strong showing at Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. unit T-Mobile, which accounts for nearly half of the group revenue, and is seeking regulator approval for its $26 billion takeover of Sprint Corp.
In its German home market, Deutsche Telekom saw mobile service revenues rise 2 percent in the quarter with 12.2 million customers now using fibre-optic lines, a quarter more than last year. Overall sales fell 1.1 percent.
Deutsche Telekom is targeting massive spending in the March 5G spectrum auction, as well as continued investment in broad band infrastructure. Globally, it is planning roughly stable capital expenditure of 12.7 billion euros.
Its European business benefited from the takeover of UPC in Austria, driving sales 2.6 percent higher.
Despite stable revenues at its IT services arm T-Systems, core earnings of the unit fell 16 percent as investments in growth areas such as cloud computing, health and Internet of Things weighed.